Soldier wounded as Hizbollah rocket hits UN mission headquarters in southern Lebanon

A Hizbollah missile struck the headquarters of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in the city of Naqoura last night, lightly wounding one French soldier and causing extensive material damage to the facilities.In a statement issued from Naqoura, UNIFIL said its headquarters were hit directly by the Katyusha rocket, but gave no further details about the incident, which came amid continuing fierce fighting in the region between members of Hizbollah and the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that Hizbollah was also responsible for a series of small arms firing assaults on UNIFIL vehicles and staff, including an attack earlier today on a de-mining team. He said there were no other casualties in these incidents.The statement from Naqoura noted that an artillery round from an unknown source struck 10 metres from a UNIFIL position near the town of Hula, adding that the mission has protested about all the incidents over the past 24 hours to the Lebanese and Israeli authorities.After receiving Israeli security clearance earlier today, Mr. Dujarric said UNIFIL troops escorted a convoy of 180 vehicles containing 350 Lebanese troops and some civilians northward from the town of Marjayoun, where the IDF took over the Lebanese Joint Security Force headquarters yesterday. He said the convoy has since proceeded north without UNIFIL escort.In other news, UNIFIL said it dispatched a medical and rescue team to the village of Haris to provide aid to 25 civilians wounded as a result of intensive shelling there, and later transferred seven people with serious injuries to Tibnin in preparation for relocation to an area hospital.The mission warned it may not be able to maintain some of the forward positions of its Indian battalions in the eastern sector of its operations in southern Lebanon unless it is able to re-supply those positions today, as they are facing critical fuel shortages. read more